Reviews on “Pandora’s Box”

Review Point: 3.75 out of 5

Author: Tushar Sen
Publisher: Frog Books, Imprint of 
leadstart publishing
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978-93-84027-93-3
Edition: First
Page Count: 166

About the Book

Pandora’s Box is the collection of 21 short stories namely The Devil’s Workshop, The Ferret, The Satanic Provocations, The Moustache Gang of Eldorado, The Paying Guest, WW II: First Air Combat, The Cryptic Patient, The Free Fall, David and Goliath, Blood Thirstry Prototypes: Vampirical, Philosopher’s Stone, Torrent, Pandora’s Box, Adobe Acrobat, Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright, The Vicious Circle, Convicted?, Laughing Gas, Unnoticed, Hail Mogambo, and The Last Viking. These stories come from the past, as early 19th century and World War period, and present time as well. Touching the hidden facts of history in an uninterrupted manner, this book brings amazing stories in limelight.

 

Strength of the Book

Strength of the Book
As the name is, the book is. One of the finest ways to knit a book by letting people travel the time via these short stories. Writer has really done great job for writing such book. The way he has prepared platform for each and every story of the book and then moved well is amazing. Unbeatable concept of presenting stories in such new ways while entertaining readers is admirable. Almost all stories are quite interesting. Where on one hand, it talks about the time during Hitler Kingdom in story The Satanic Provocations, it deeply touches the ancient time with The Last Viking while narrating the saga of hero of Norwegian history of 15th century via the guide Emil appearing in the museum to enhance the knowledge of visitors. Besides, writer has finely maintained base of The Paying Guest and The Cryptic Patient and given shocking ending to the stories. Character justification is done quite well in all 21 stories. Stories are full of surprises and joy with sorrow. Writer has enlivened the characters in most of the stories. Those who are lover of historical will find it best when it walks around one of the powerful heads of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. Pace of the book is much effective to bring ecstasy to the readers while going through each and every story. Literature is quite sharply used and most importantly wherever required most.
Few Lines from the Book
The stations are usually the most emotional places filled with tears of joy and agony.
The Paying Guest
She had asked him to not be late, but men hardly listen.
The Paying Guest
But, nevertheless, he rejoiced at the slice of niceness that his luck offered today when he bumped into her and spilled coffee on her speckless lavender shirt.
Laughing Gas
Weakness of the Book
Story The Ferret is quite weak while thoroughly depicting the life in the search of musk. The Satanic Provocations also in the same way makes readers disappoint by going aside of book’s tryst with interest. Laughing Gas and Adobe Acrobat stories do not start with the interesting face and let readers to skip the pages. At last of story The Last Viking, conversation between Emil and his owner is written in foreign language and no translation in English language is provided for the same, it leaves quite negative impact when you end your book in such a way by depressing readers on last page.
Conclusion
Pandora’s Box is one of the finest collection of short stories I came across. Amazing platforms and well set stories are the backbone of this creation. Cover page is not impressive at once but deeply it is designed quite attractive. Blurb is also interesting and brings readers close to the book. Book starts with touching story and with very little fluctuation of interest of readers, goes smoothly up to the end. Those who seek love story in each and every book will be disappointed with this though it has story The Paying Guest, but the majority of the novel is beyond love and all alike. Dialogue writing is effective. Sentence construction is quite well and the way Tushar has proceeded the story in the particular rhyme of desire of readers is the best part of the book. If anyone tired of reading same stuff again and again, must read this book which has variations in each and every chapter with full of interest factor.
Few Best Stories
The Devil Workshop
The Paying Guest
The Cryptic Patient
The Philosopher’s Stone
Torrent
Pandora’ Box
Unnoticed
Personal Opinion
I have never read any book of short stories with so much variation. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the very beginning to the very end of the book. It could be more pleasurable, if writer had given translation of the conversation took place in foreign language in the last page.
Source :- http://kamalpaneru.blogspot.in/2016/04/reviews-on-pandoras-box.html

 

Author : Tushar Sen
Publisher : Leadstart Publishing, www.leadstartcorp.com
Release date : 2015
Pages : 165
Genre : Fiction / Short Stories
Source : Leadstart Publishing

 

Pandora’s Box is an anthology of short stories.  Everyone seems to be on the anthology bandwagon.  There have been too many anthologies thrust to me recently.  In fact, I am also toying with the idea of an anthology,  but am too lazy to do it.

So, where were we?  Ah! Pandora’s Box.  It just opens and then takes you to different places,  different countries,  different thoughts.  But,  you will not be bored for sure.  Because,  this anthology has a lot of variety.  And I find the name very appropriate.

There are 21 stories.  The stories are good at building up and then adding a twist at the near end.  I liked Tushar’s writing .  It has an open, fresh feel.  There is no rush to build emotions and cliches.  It’s a story and he is saying it as it is.  It is also well-editedthough I picked up a mistake or two.  But, that can be ignored.

I am not happy with all the endings,  but then that is my opinion.  Each story is different here and I couldn’t find a common thread other than the twists as is typical of other anthologies.  Most of the stories are based on real events, settings though the stories are fictional.

In the story,  ‘Paying Guest’,  it has a rather bizarre twist though I was expecting a happier ending.  I also do not believe in ghosts and superstitions.  But still the story ‘The Satanic Provocations’ gave me goose bumps.   I thoroughly enjoyed the title story ‘Pandora’s Box’ which questions the landing on the moon and other theories.  The story ‘Last Viking’ is a delight.

The book is good for young readers because of its short chapters and even shorter attention spans of the next generation.   In fact,  whenever you have a short 10 minute break,  you can read a story.

Overall,  I would give a thumbs up to this book.  And I also loved the beautiful cover art.

Source :- http://www.kaapitimes.com/2016/03/pandoras-box-book-review/

Review: Pandora’s Box by Tushar Sen

Blurb: Pandora’s box is a collection of tales that have woven reality and fiction together to serve to the reader spine chilling narratives and jaw dropping climaxes. most of the stories are inspired by real life incidents and characters – like saddam hussein’s cia connection, the secret army of the indian prime minister, hitler’s biggest mass murderer, strangest rains where frogs fell from the sky, heroism of mold of, terrorist funding in columbia, nasa’s controversial moon landings and so on. some stories are inspired by characters around you who touch your lives in so many ways yet go unnoticed. some climaxes will urge you to read the story again with a new perspective. if imagination is more powerful than knowledge then here is a book that invites you to join the author in the most powerful imaginative endeavors you may have ever undertaken till now . . . in a literary environment of course.
Tushar Sen’s debut book is proof that Indian publishers must not be afraid to accept and nurture debutante short story writers. Kudos to Leadstart for taking on this writer with great potential.
For, as I have learnt from experience, short stories are a great way to begin practicing and honing the craft of writing- they lubricate and expedite the writing process and mentally prepares a budding writer to undertake the writing of a novel- a much bigger and arduous project.
Tushar Sen’s short stories have two major aspects going for them:
1. Themes: The themes in these stories range from domestic terrorism in India to how militant groups in Colombia are funded by multi-nationals to CIA to soldiers fighting in Siachen to the conspiracy theory about NASA’s Apollo mission to talking about Hitler’s most dangerous minion- Amon Goethe. I appreciate the range of the writer’s imagination and the research he has done for his stories.
2. Endings: The writer stays true to his words and has ended every story with an unexpected, jaw-dropping climax. This is a craft in storytelling that not many writers have. Most can write an interesting story, but few  can end it with a climax that is completely unexpected and shocking.
This will help if the writer decides to go for a novel next.
However, as a reader I have some issues with the editing.
1. While the language is okay and the prose is of good quality, the use of big words, suddenly and often, in the wrong context, prove to be a jarring experience. What can be said in plain words should not be complicated unnecessarily. While the grammar is okay, the use of complicated words crammed in between lines of simple prose distract from the reading. At places punctuation is missing.
2. There is need to improve the sentence structure too. Sometimes sentences are too long, sometimes two sentences have been joined together, making the prose clunky. The latter is a problem that pervades throughout the book. Sentences should melt into one another, rather than being crammed together by a comma where not necessary. Each sentence presents a single line of thought or information, so we should be careful while clubbing two sentences together.
Still, I would say that Sen’s work is important in its very substance and deserves to be read for the sheer art of good storytelling at work here. I hope the writer goes ahead with publishing more short stories and novels on more disparate and intriguing themes.
If you love good short stories with jaw-dropping climaxes, go buy this book here: Pandora’s Box
Source :- http://thecrimocopoiea.blogspot.in/2016/03/review-pandoras-box-by-tushar-sen.html?spref=fb
A bouncy trip through literary brillance.- Review of Pandor

a’s Box by Tushar Sen

Book Name          :         Pandora’s Box
Author                  :         Tushar Sen
Publisher              :         Frog Books(Leadstart Publishing)
Number of Pages  :        165
Publishing Year    :         2015
Binding/Edition    :        Paperback

Rating : 4.0

Blurb

Pandora’s Box is a collection of tales that have woven reality andfiction together to serve to the reader spine chilling narratives andjaw dropping climaxes. Most of the stories are inspired by real lifeincidents and characters – like Saddam Hussein’s CIA connection, the secret army of the Indian prime minister, Hitler’s biggest massmurderer, strangest rains where frogs fell from the sky, heroism ofMold of, terrorist funding in Columbia, NASA’s controversiallandings and so on. Some stories are inspired by characters aroundyou who touch your lives in so many ways yet go unnoticed. Someclimaxes will urge you to read the story again with a new

perspective. If imagination is more powerful than knowledge

then here is a book that invites you to join the author in the

most powerful imaginative endeavors you may have ever

undertaken till now . . . in a literary environment of course.

My review

Pandora’s box is a short story collection. Author handles a lot of diverse topics. The book is like a fruit salad where unmatched topics are mixed together to give a palatable flavor. Since this is a short story collection, it cannot be classified in a highlight drawback cabin.

A unique quality which I could see in every story is the unpredictability. The twist in the climax of many stories came like a shocking surprise since there are very few books which I failed to guess the end. This is one among the few.
Some stories could have been novels since there are a lot happening. There are 21 stories. I would like to review each and every story in detail but since they are short stories, my detailed review might end up as spoilers. But I will name a few.
The stories Ferret, Cryptic Patient, Free Fall, Blood Thirsty Prototypes, Adobe acrobat,and WWII astonished me with the twist in the end. Mustache Gang is also of the same league but I guessed the twist.
The Paying guest should have been a novel. It gave me a compressed feeling since a lot was happening and author rushed through it. It would have been perfect, had it been a novel.
David Goliath, Devil’s Workshop, Philosopher’s Stone, Pandora’s Box, Tiger Tiger burning bright, Hail Mogambo, and Last Viking have a geopolitical dimension. Author tried put light to the hidden agenda of the several political manifestations.
Torrent, Satanic Provocation,the vicious circle, convicted, laughing gas, and Unnoticed are more of a contemporary style but at the same time with a psychological application.
Source :-   http://rakhijayashankar.blogspot.in/2015/12/review-pandoras-box-author-tushar.html

Pandora’s Box by Tushar Sen – Book Review

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December 4, 2015   Book Reviews

Pandora’s Box

BY: TUSHAR SEN

 

 Synopsis:

Pandora’s box is a collection of tales that have woven reality and fiction together to serve to the reader spine chilling narratives and jaw dropping climaxes. most of the stories are inspired by real life incidents and characters – like Saddam Hussein’s CIA connection, the secret army of the Indian prime minister, Hitler’s biggest mass murderer, strangest rains where frogs fell from the sky, heroism of Moldof, terrorist funding in Columbia, NASA’s controversial moon landings and so on. some stories are inspired by characters around you who touch your lives in so many ways yet go unnoticed. some climaxes will urge you to read the story again with a new perspective. if imagination is more powerful than knowledge then here is a book that invites you to join the author in the most powerful imaginative endeavors you may have ever undertaken till now . . . in a literary environment of course.

Book Review:

Pandora’s Box is a good effort from a debutant author, who has captured various facets of life, giving a unique twist to every story at the climax. Every story is different from the other and does a fairly good job to intrigue the reader; but some of the stories appeared technically more evolved than the others that seemed to be in need of more polishing.

The theme and idea of the stories are quite different from other Indian fiction that give this book an edge over the others; although at places the author seemed to be rushing in finishing the stories by ending them abruptly. A lot of research has been done by the author to pen down the stories. The book isn’t meant for leisurely reading, you have to be attentive while reading it. The language used in the book is very good.

Overall the book is an appreciable effort by a new author. Readers looking for some serious reading will enjoy it. Not meant for casual reading.

Source :-  http://mybookshelf.in/book-reviews/pandoras-box/